Some developers in High River want changes made to the Land Use Bylaw.
One complaint is that if a new home is going into an established area with a back alley, garages have to be in the back and that doesn’t work for everyone and it’s not required in Calgary or Okotoks.
Mayor Craig Snodgrass says that’s what council wants.
“We do not want to design High River just like cookie cutter Airdrie or Okotoks, we’ve got to define High River, offer something different to attract people,” he says. “Some of the builders, it’s one piece that I struggle to understand is this concept that everybody has to have a front entrance garage, I just don’t get it but the builders are saying it’s a really big deal for some reason.”
He says he’s asked them why it’s so important but hasn’t gotten a really good answer back.
The mayor says what they’re trying to avoid are the neighbourhoods where, when you drive down the street all you see are garage doors with homes behind them.
He says areas like the southwest where there’s more variety in the homes, it makes for a much better streetscape.
Snodgrass agrees something needs to be done to address the need for variances and the 21-day delay they cause builders.
“Right now in some of the existing developments, such as in the northwest, which has these big front garages and everything, if somebody wants to put a house in there that looks just like all the other houses around there, they’ve got to get a variance because the Land Use bylaw requires…